Does ant navigation depend on early visual processing? (PhD)

The navigation of desert ants has been used as a model of complex behaviour based on relatively simple neural structures. A range of theories and models now exist to explain visual navigation by these animals but all are based on very simple interpretations of the visual input, and accept general approximation to a real animal route as success. This PhD will use a more sophisticated simulation of the visual input taking particular account of motion filtering, in combination with one or more of these navigation models, to provide a more rigorous behavioural evaluation using recent detailed world models and behavioural data. The key aim is to show that the nature of the visual processing can be critical to the success of navigation, with a subsidiary objective to use the combination of eye model and world to explore the performance of different navigation models.

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